The weather is getting cooler and the leaves are changing color; it’s the Fall season and it’s time to get cozy after dance class with a cup of hot cocoa in your Escape Pullover! Oh, and let’s not forget the flavor of the season… pumpkin! There’s nothing better than the sweet and spicy taste of a pumpkin treat every now and then, but with so many delicious options out there, it’s tempting to try them all. If you’re looking for some healthy ways to enjoy a festive fall bite or sip, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some low cal, healthy takes on your seasonal favorites!
100-Cal Pumpkin Spice Latte @ Starbucks
This is truly the QUEEN of the Fall season, but the PSL at Starbucks contains around 400 calories with 120 calories from fat in a Grande alone… plus 50g of sugar! We suggest ordering this healthier version containing the perfect touch of sweet and spice. Ask for a Grande Coconut Misto with 1-2 pumps of pumpkin spice syrup.
- “Misto” means steamed milk with coffee at Starbucks, equating to less calories from whole milk or cream.
- The coconut milk has a soft hint of natural sweetness that pairs well with pumpkin.
- At 100 calories in a Grande, that’s ¼ the calories of an original PSL.
Pumpkin Protein Power Muffins
Pumpkin muffins are the perfect on-the-go snack before dance class, and this muffin recipe is certainly one for the books. It’s grain-free, dairy-free and 100% paleo; not to mention they are soft and moist unlike other protein muffin recipes. Give it a go:
- ⅔ cup of almond butter
- ⅓ cup of canned pumpkin
- 3 tbsp of raw honey
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- A pinch of salt and pumpkin spice seasoning
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease muffin tin.
- Combine ingredients in a bowl and stir until blended.
- Pour batter into muffin tin.
- Bake for 7-8 minutes, checking occasionally, until muffins are firm.
- Allow to cool + enjoy!
3.) Sweet & SALTY Pumpkin Seeds
Carving pumpkins? Be sure to save those seeds! Pumpkin seeds are full of nutrients and antioxidants that your body needs. Here’s a tasty way to enjoy those seeds down to the last ounce:
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.
- Wash your seeds by rinsing them in water if you took them directly out of a pumpkin. Clear all pulp.
- Add 1-2 tbsp of melted butter to the pumpkin seeds. Add salt and mix well.
- Pour out pumpkin seeds into a thin layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake 30-45 minutes or until golden brown.
*JJ Tip! Make them sweet ‘n salty! Add cinnamon sugar to taste.